Green Retrofitting

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Retrofitting-the Greener Option

Retrofitting an existing home is much greener than building a new one.  According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, new green homes take 10 years or more to overcome the negative environmental effects of the construction process.  Because remodeling older homes requires fewer building materials, retrofitting can be a greener option that leaves a much smaller carbon footprint.

“Low Cost” Energy Savings
Checklist

There are many ways to save energy and money in your home without spending a lot
of money. By following the simple list below you could save up to $500 per year. Not all
actions show a dollar savings but they will add to your total savings.

No Cost Energy Savings Checklist

There are many ways to save energy and money in your home. Some don’t cost a thing.
By following the simple list below you could save almost $500 per year.

“Moderate Cost”
Energy Savings Checklist

There are many ways to save energy and money in your home. The actions noted below
require a moderate investment, but could result in a savings of over $200 per year.
Not all actions show a dollar savings but they will add to your total savings.

“Investment”
Energy Savings Checklist

There are many ways to save energy and money at home. Some projects require an
investment. By following the list below you could save almost $1,000 per year.
Not all actions show a dollar savings but they will add to your total savings.

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Florida Green Home Retrofit Guidelines

The state of Florida  has over 8 million existing homes, which provides an excellent opportunity to save energy and save money.   Homeowners that wish to green their existing homes may be on a limited budget, so the FGBC wishes to recognize even small efforts to  improve the performance of your home.

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Add Attic Insulation

Adding attic insulation with a better R factor could save you up to $ based on zip code.  Check out the link below.

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Dishwasher

No Cost idea, run the dishwasher on full loads and use the air dry option.  This simple change can save you dollars on your energy and water bills.

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Manatee County Toilet Replacement Program

Manatee County water customers can apply for a rebate of up to $100 per replaced toilet for every high-volume toilet that is replaced with a low-volume model. There is a limit of two toilets per dwelling unit – residential, commercial or industrial.